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, south korea and panama because we believe in the sale and the opportunity for american producers to sell their product around the globe. and yet, we saw at least some who at usda have the view that we need to be discouraging the consumption of meat for both environmental and health reasons. particularly troublesome is the fact that the department of agriculture was citing the united nations as a reason that we ought to discourage the consumption of beef for environmental reasons. our department of agriculture' positions ought to be based on sound science, not some u.n. study. beef is an important and vital component of the kansas economy. we're the second-largest beef-producing state in the country. economic impact to our country is around $44 billion. exports in 2011, beef exports were over $4.08 billion. this matters to us greatly. and this is happening at a time in which the cattle producers of kansas and across the midwest, including the state of the president today, the drought is so damaging to us. it's also happening at a time in which we've been having a debate about a farm bill.
around the world and people started canceling vacations. only a few tar balls got as far east as panama city beach, and the rest of the gulf coast beaches all the way down to the southern tip of florida, no oil. but the tourists stopped coming. and when the tourists stopped coming, there's nobody in the hotels, and the hotel workers can't work. there's nobody in the restaurants, and all of those workers aren't working. and all the ancillary businesses that depend on that major component of the economy. and then of course the seafood industry, the source of a third of our domestic seafood in this country, the gulf of mexico -- of course the fishing industry was devastated. and even those that could fish outside of the danger zone of where the oil was lurking, people stopped buying gulf seafood because they were afraid that it was tainted. and even when the oil was finally shut off after three months, the gulf was left with this public perception that the gulf was tainted. well, you remember the president asked the secretary of the navy, ray maybus to recommend a strategy that would resto
families would receive a small subsidy is a kind of reward of that good behavior. we also see it in panama and other places. it derives cash transfer to lower -- what is exciting is it is looking at the absolute poorest of the ports of the people who don't normally access services, people he may not even be registered for government services is providing a end incentive for the government to go out and identify those individuals and to identify them in creative ways that perhaps go beyond the traditional mechanisms for traditional cash transfer which includes health care are going to go to the doctor on a regular basis and if your children go to school, you may receive some food subsidies and there has been some discussion even particularly with indigenous communities, traditional communities as to how do you treat that basket of goods to make sure it's culturally appropriate so you are buying more local food products so that you are looking at -- you are not changing communities diets or their principles. one of the main areas -- so that is an example of public aid. and public aid for the
the free trade agreement with colombia, panama and south korea. we are already seeing the economic benefits of that in south florida. imagine in if we were able to do that with more countries in a free and fair way. has to be fair. one last thing we could probably do to help grow this economy is deal with the long-term debt. that's what it is, it's a long-term debt problem that hovers over all over this conversation and creates some uncertainty. people are afraid especially people with lots of money are afraid to investigate in the american -- invest in the america economy, and they think that country is destined for confiscatory tax rates. they're going where europe is going. we don't want to invest in a country that will wind up like europe in five years. that's why we have to deal with the long-term debt and the sooner the better. and to deal with the long-term debt, by the way, you have to deal what with what's causing it. that's why it's so important we save medicare. medicare is a very important program. my mother is on medicare. i would never support anything that hurts my mother or
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